Dover to Dunkirk

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Sail Dover to Dunkirk

The Dover to Dunkirk ferry route operates up to 24 times a day by DFDS joins England and France taking 2 hours.

Ferry to France via Dover to Dunkirk for easy access to northern France, Belgium, the Netherlands and beyond. At approximately 2 hours, the sailing time is slightly longer than a Dover to Calais ferry, but you do arrive in the Nord, just six miles from the Belgium border.

DFDS is the only operator on the route and they operate up to 24 sailings per day during peak periods like summer, with usually 12 outside of peak times.

The purpose-built ferries on this route are well regarded as being amongst the best ferries with excellent onboard facilities and high standards throughout. 

Dover to Dunkirk Prices

Prices can start as low as £22 for a return crossing with a car although expect to pay more at peak times. To get the best price, we advise is to book as far ahead as possible or book as many friends and family to come with to travel with you.  If you book a 9-person car, prices can be as little as £3.22 per person.

The cheapest ferry from Dover to Dunkirk is always going to be early mornings or very late in the day.


£ 68 From
  • From £68 car + 4 passengers, one way ticket
  • Up to 24 daily crossings
  • Pet friendly
  • Travel Guarantee – rebook for free if travel is impacted by Covid-19. Valid for crossings take before 30 Sept 2023.
  • Earn Nectar points on your booking
  • Travel +/- 4 hours either side of your booked sailing time. Subject to availability

DFDS Dunkirk Ticket Types

Ticket TypeTravel before/after booked crossing time? Amend booking for free? Cancel booking with refund?
EconomyYes – +/- 4 hours either side of your booked sailing time. Subject to availability No – £20 per crossing. No
PremiumYes – Travel up to 72hrs before/after your booked crossing time. YesYes – Cancel up to 48hrs before your booking crossing time.

DFDS Dunkirk Sailing Times

Dover Crossing Times

Mon Tue-Fri Sat Sun

Dover Port

The journey to Dunkirk takes 2 hours and is slightly longer than the Dover to Calais ferry 90-minute alternative.

You do end up further north as a result, making journey’s a little quicker overall if you are heading towards the north of France or into Germany and Poland.

Times are subject to change as per the operator.

Dunkirk Sailing Times


Dunkirk Port

Be sure to allow time to get through check-in for your return journey. If you do miss the ferry, don’t worry too much. DFDS run regular services so you won’t have to wait too long.

DFDS Check In

DFDS state their check-in booths are open 24 hours a day with the exception of Christmas Day and Boxing Day. 

Once you have made your way through the Dover Port barriers, make your way round to the correct lane and approach the DFDS booths.

Check-in closes 45 minutes before departure so be sure to allow enough time!

FAQ About Dover To Dunkirk Ferries

Here are some frequently asked questions about the Dover Dunkirk ferry route.

The crossing takes 2 hours. There are up to 24 sailings a day.

You can use £ sterling and € Euros on-board.

Yes there is wifi on board. 

None. Unlike airports, your baggage allowance is determined by how much you can get in your vehicle!

Yes, several. Each restaurant has a different menu so we advise to look around first.

No, unfortunately not on the DFDS Dunkirk route. Try P&O Dover to Calais.

Yes, except in bad weather. We don’t want you falling overboard!

Yes. There are several areas where kids can entertain themselves.

Yes. Pet travel is available on the DFDS Dunkirk route.

Either! Dunkirk is the English spelling.

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